Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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While hyperbaric oxygen chambers have been present in the medical community for hundreds of years, they have recently gained popularity among celebrities, professional athletes, and everyday people seeking to improve their overall wellness. Whether you’re seeking a low risk treatment for a serious condition or a non-invasive way to restore your body to pique condition, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may well be the solution you’ve been looking for.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and How Does It Help the Body Heal?
Oxygen is required for the human body’s tissues to survive and thrive. When tissue is damaged, it requires more oxygen to repair the injury. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT for short, is an FDA approved treatment that increases the body’s blood oxygen levels, which promotes overall healing and helps the body fight infection.
While patients are inside of the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, they breathe pure oxygen (the air we normally breathe contains only about 20% oxygen) that is pressurized to 3x the level outside. This combination helps diffuse oxygen into the body’s blood plasma, allowing the oxygen to reach up to 3x further into damaged tissue than would be possible through breathing normal air or with the assistance of an oxygen mask.
Who Can Benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Because this treatment helps much needed oxygen get to damaged cells and tissue, the list of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy benefits is quite long. As research continues, we are still learning new ways this therapy can help patients with an array of serious conditions. HBOT can assist with bone and neurovascular regeneration, increase the growth of stem cells, or progenitor cells within the body, and has been noted for its anti-aging and overall wellness benefits.
Many people seek hyperbaric oxygen therapy for skin rejuvenation, mental and physical performance enhancement, heightened energy, improved sleep, reduced inflammation, and more. This therapy is safe for children and adults but not currently recommended in the US for women who are pregnant.
What Conditions Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treat?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Decompression Sickness (The Bends)
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Cyanide Poisoning
- Clostridial Myonecrosis and Myositis (Gas Gangrene)
- Thermal Burns
- Compromised Skin Flaps and Grafts
- Intracranial Abscesses
- Compartment Syndrome, Crush Injury and Other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
- Severe Anemia
- Gas Embolism
- Necrotizing Fasciitis
- Bone Necrosis and Soft Tissue Damage Caused by Radiation
- Some Non-Healing Wounds
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has also been prescribed by doctors to aid in the “off-label” treatment of more than 100 other conditions including but not limited to stress/anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Lyme Disease, Stroke, Autism, and Cancer.
What Should I Expect During HBOT Treatment?
Treatments typically last between 60-90 minutes. This timeframe is determined based on a personalized consultation with one of our clinicians. Depending on the condition being treated, patients may require anywhere between 1 and 60 treatments, generally administered 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. During each session, patients lie down on a table inside of the enclosed hyperbaric tube with windows. Patients are clothed in provided medical clothing and any topical wounds remain dressed, as it is not the air that touches the wound that promotes healing, but rather the air that is breathed into the body.
Due to the increased pressure and oxygen level within the chamber, electronic devices are not allowed inside, as they can present a potential fire hazard. The oxygen itself is not flammable, but can lower the temperature at which flammable objects may ignite if they are inside the chamber. Patients may take a nap, meditate or read a book during treatment. Patients may experience pressure in their ears, similar to the feeling during an airplane flight.
Some patients may experience a feeling of lightheadedness or fatigue after treatment that typically lasts only a short time. In rare cases, patients can experience side effects after treatment, including temporary nearsightedness, pressure-related injury to the nasal cavity or ears, low blood sugar, collapsed lung, decompression sickness, or seizures. Be sure to give your clinician a full description of your medical history before receiving HBOT.
When Will I See Results from HBOT Therapy?
Each patient is unique and results depend on many factors. Some patients report seeing the most notable Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy wound healing results up to 4 weeks after completion of all treatment sessions, and others see results after just one treatment.
Book your consultation at our state-of-the-art Aspire Regenerative facility and find out how HBOT can benefit you! Our highly respected clinicians will provide you with guidance and options to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.